Jan 14, 2013 3:00am PST
in los angeles. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. vice president joe biden is meeting with the house today getting ready to, to put together that list of recommendations to curb gun violence. there is one point where both sides agree, punishing people who lie on their background checks. until 2010, nearly 80,000 people were denied guns for lying or giving inaccurate information about their criminal history. but, only 44 of those people were actually charged with a crime. this is one of the issues joe biden's task force is looking at and we can last timing expect his plan to include a stronger focus on background checks. those recommendations to the president could come as early as tomorrow. the group is also looking at mental health treatment, violence in video games and movies and a potential ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips. the nra is, of course showing strong obviouspposition to. this yesterday ocnn's face the nation, group president david keen said an assault weapons ban will not make its way through congress.
Jan 17, 2013 3:00am PST
bill. we are so lucky to have barack obama and joe biden now. i think this was masterful. they hit all of the problem areas. i think it's a great start. you know, i'm disappointed in the news coverage. obama talked about the assault rifles and i wasn't sure if he was saying he thought they just should be outlawed outright. i got that from him. and what they would do about ones that were already out there. do you know anything about that? >> bill: well, there would be a ban on the sale of assault weapons going forward but there is no word about what to do about the -- i think i've seen maybe 20 million 40 million that are already out there in circulation or in the hands of gun owners. >> caller: oh, man. >> bill: that's a real, real problem. >> caller: that's -- >> bill: that's why i think we need a buyback provision like they did in australia. >> caller: buyback and if someone did want to have them, they could at least -- i think they should have to have insurance, too. handguns and everything. it costs $300 billion a year in medical costs for gun shot wounds in this country. >> bill:
Jan 18, 2013 6:00am PST
. joe biden yesterday. >> we speak for those we lost. if we speak for our children and our families, if we have the courage to do what is the right thing to do then -- then we'll have the most powerful voice, and we, you, the citizens will change the nation. >> stephanie: [ inaudible ] hi. go ahead. >> caller: 5% of the gun violence in this country are committed by people who have mental health issues, but it seems like we're taking 95% of the blame. my greatest fear is separating privacy right from mental health, forcing doctors to report. you are then taken in front of a doctor hired by the state, diagnosed as being mentally ill, and then put in an institution. you may not have ever committed a crime, and the doctor just might feel like you could be violent. >> stephanie: right. the argument i have heard is people aren't going to get help because they are afraid of certain things. i get what you are saying too, as we say over and over the vast majority of mentally ill people won't do this but this could have been flagged. it could have prevented some of th